The Parsons Advocate

See food page 2 Volume 126 No. 8 Wednesday, February 17, 2021 75 cents (tax incl.) See mlk page 2 See court page 2 Circuit Court Meets Virtually; Heckler Trial Postponed Again By Heather Clower The Parsons Advocate Due to inclement weather, the Honorable Judge James Courrier opted to hold his Tucker County Circuit Court hearings through a virtual platform. Prosecuting Attorney Savannah Hull-Wilkins had one case on the docket, that of Emily Heckler who is incarcerated on first-degree murder charges. This hearing served as a pre-trial, as Heckler was set to go before a jury next month, however, the prosecution moved for a continu- ation. As the newly elected prosecutor in the county, Wilkins felt it was in the best interest of the state to allow more time for her to become more familiar with the case before presenting it to a jury. The file states that on Friday, April 13, 2018, at approximately 12:30 p.m., 911 received a phone call from the defendant’s step-mother, Marion Heckler from Hambleton, stating Heckler had just been released from the hospital. M. Heckler feared for her well-being and that of others, stating she was allegedly out of control. While en route to the victim’s home, Sergeant C.A. Teter with the Tucker County Sheriff’s Department tried to contact M. Heckler by phone, though was unsuccess- ful. Upon arriving, he noticed something lying in the driveway that he quickly discovered was a female body covered in blood. After hearing screaming coming from the residence, another female appeared which was iden- tified as Emily Heckler. She allegedly stated that she and her step-mother had an argument which resulted in her grabbing a kitchen knife, chasing M. Heckler out- side where she supposedly stabbed her multiple times. Judge Courrier granted the motion and resched- uled the trial for May 11, 12, and 13, 2021, in Mineral County. The trial has been relocated out of the county to ensure a non-biased jury could be selected. Assistant Prosecutor Frank Bush had the remaining criminal cases on the docket, beginning with Darrel Spitznogle. The defendant is incarcerated on charges Woodlands Development Group Gives Annual Report to Commissioners By Heather Clower The Parsons Advocate Emily Wilson-Hauger came before the Tucker County Commissioners as a representative from the Woodlands Development Group and Woodlands Community Lenders to offer an annual report highlighting projects that are on the group’s priority list. “We are a non-profit community development corporation and community lenders,” she explained. Within the develop- ment side of operations, they focus on housing development, downtown redevelopment work, community facilities development, and com- munity planning efforts. The lend - ing side works with small business development and alternative financ - ing options without competing with the banks. Some of the current projects include workforce housing, which she stated, “I think most of the county Farm Up Table Goes from Food Truck to Brick and Mortar By Heather Clower The Parsons Advocate After a successful run with their Food Up Truck beginning in 2016, Tiffiny and Leonardo “Lee'' Villar began watching for a brick and mor- tar to share their southern cuisine with an emphasis on the fla - vors of New Orleans. Villar has two decades of culinary experience after attending culinary school in Baltimore, Md. After working in restau- rants around the world, she and her husband settled down and she stayed home to raise their second child. It was in 2016 when they began the food truck, where Villar stated, “It was wildly popular.” They used the truck to test their menu and break into the restau- rant business without the initial cost of a traditional restaurant setting. With the success of the truck, the Villar’s began looking for their future home in Tucker County. “I always looked at this building, every time I would drive by I would think wow, I really love that building,” she said. What was ironic was the fleur-de-lis emblem was on the door. Not only do they specialize in New Orleans inspired food, but her husband’s (originally from Spain) family crest also includes the fleur-de-lis. “It was like this building was meant to be our home,” she said. “We’re actually famous for our pickled pig,” Villar explained. This dish is their version of a slow-roasted pork shoulder, smoked ham, creole mustard, mayonnaise, swiss cheese, and their house pickle. The combina- tion is then pressed on the grill with butter. Villar laughed, “I use a lot of butter, everyone calls me the butter queen.” For dessert, their cheesecake MKL Weekend food drive raises $5600 for Tucker Food Banks Alicia Erjavec, Michael McClintock The snowy MLK weekend saw local volunteers conduct a Food Drive at the Old Shop and Save building in Davis to benefit three critical county food distribution operations, the Tucker County FRN, the Blackwater Ministerial Asso - ciation and the Hinkle House Food Pantry. Members of Friends of the Blackwater and the Tucker County Democratic Executive Committee organized more than a dozen volunteers from the area in holding a Food Drop-off at the Old Shop and Save in Davis. The Drop-off was open from 10AM to 6PM on Saturday, Sunday and Mon- day the 16th, 17th and 18th of January. The event was announced in the Happenings section of Advocate on the preceding Wednesday, post- ers were placed around the county, and details posted on Facebook and Instagram in the days leading up to the holiday weekend. The site was organized for drive-up or walk-up dona- tion, making it easy to follow safe Covid protocols, and was remarkably successful despite the winter weather. More than a hundred donations were made at the drop-off by area residents and by visitors to the county, and numerous dona- tions were made online. As the snow melted the follow- ing week all the proceeds were divided and delivered to the beneficiaries. The organizers would like to give special thanks to FSRM for the use of the warehouse, and to the Davis Firehall for the loan of folding tables. The three-day drive real- ized almost $4800 in mon - etary donations (cash, check, and virtual), and $900 of “in- kind” food donations to aid the three food distribution efforts. While these Food Banks oper - ate somewhat “under the radar,” we should all be aware that they provide essential assistance to those in need throughout the year and recog- nize their conscientious work. April Miller, the executive director of the Tucker County Family Resource Network (FRN,) says that on average, they feed about 150-200 fami - lies per month. “This includes our school-based Backpack feeding program and our monthly mobile food distribu- tion efforts.” The Backpack Buddies is a weekly feeding program that provides week- end meals for children dur- ing the school year; and their monthly distributions come in the form of the Tucker County Mobile Pantry. According to Pastor Ruth Bulwinkle “The Blackwater Food Pantry “serves about 70 family units per month and at times has served over 80.” She relates that “Members of all The newly installed electronic sign at the Tucker County Courthouse can be utilized to spread important information, such as COVID vaccination registration and clinic opportunities as well as the time and date. Ariana Villar, daughter of Lee and Tiffiny, showcases one of her Mother’s dishes she was preparing to serve during one of their first evenings open to the public. Tiffiny Villar, Head Chef/co-owner of Farm Up Table, studied culinary arts before trav - eling the world and studying under Master Chef Peter Timmons in Europe. See report page 6